PATRIOTIC pupils have been getting a big kick out of creating a collage celebrating Wales’s place in the Euro 2016 championships and Wrexham’s rich footballing heritage.
Youngsters from two of the town’s primary schools – Alexandra and St Giles – have been busy working on the giant piece of wall art which will adorn Wrexham’s Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre to mark the national team’s qualification for the big European tournament for the first time since 1958.
The collage, designed by professional artists and commissioned by the shopping centre, also salutes legendary goalkeeper Leigh Roose from, Holt, near Wrexham.
He played for Wales against Ireland at the Racecourse ground in 1906, when the game became the subject of the first surviving film of an international match, but just 10 years later was tragically killed at the Battle of the Somme while serving in the First World War.
A group of superheroes are on a mission to help terminally ill children.
Batman, the Incredible Hulk and Super Mario are all heading to the Frankie & Benny’s restaurant for a weekend of fun which it’s hoped will raise a bat cave full of cash for the Rays of Sunshine children’s charity.
Staff at the Italian-American restaurant are preparing for three days of Superhero fun over the bank holiday weekend.
They will all be dressed in either superhero outfits or wear yellow Rays of Sunshine charity T-shirts.
The charity grants wishes to severely ill or terminally ill children as well as deserving young people giving them a chance to put their illness on hold and enjoy moments of escape.
They brighten up the lives of seriously ill children aged three to 18 by granting special wishes whether it’s to meet a mermaid, swim with dolphins or meet a pop star.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service is rolling into Wrexham next week to offer information and support to people affected by cancer.
The team will be in Queens Square (next to Iceland), Rhosddu Road, on Friday 27 May. People with questions about cancer can drop in from 9am to 3pm.
A team of information and support specialists will be on board to offer free, confidential advice and support to anyone with a concern or a question relating to cancer. No appointment is necessary and anyone is welcome.
Head of Services for Macmillan in Wales, Susan Morris, said: “More than 4,820 people in Wrexham are living with or beyond cancer[i] and each of these people may need support and information.
A tourism campaign has been launched to help boost the North Wales economy by £200 million a year.
The Go North Wales brand is being showcased on a new website that also includes an online booking, attraction bookings and an E shop.
The drive is being masterminded by North Wales Tourism, the biggest destination management company in Wales which has a growing membership of more than 1,000 on its books.
According to managing director Jim Jones, tourism already generates over £2 billion a year and employs 40,000 people in the region.
They are now working to the target set by Visit Wales to grow tourism earnings by 10 per cent or more by the year 2020.
The story of the world’s first superstar footballer and Wrexham’s unique place in international football will feature in an art work by patriotic school children.
The project with pupils of two Wrexham schools has been organised by the town’s Eagles Meadow shopping centre to show support for the Wales football team as they prepare for the Euro 2016 championships.
Professional artists from community arts specialists Faceless Arts will be working with the youngsters at Alexandra Community Primary School and St Giles VC Church in Wales Primary to create a giant, Euros-themed collage which will go on show at the shopping centre.
As part of the celebrations, a free flag making workshop is being organised at Eagles Meadow between 11am and 4pm on Thursday, June 2.
The aim is to show support for the Welsh team and the collage will also commemorate an historic match at the Racecourse 110 years ago which also featured the goalkeeper Leigh Roose, the prototype for today’s celebrity footballers.
Roose, who was born and raised in Holt, near Wrexham, played for Wales against Ireland on April 2, 1906, when the game was the subject of the first surviving film of an international match.